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Terror takes toll

CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (CNS): Pope John Paul II said the alarming escalation of worldwide terrorism has marred the start of the new millennium and troubled the consciences of believers everywhere...

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Romero truth out

FRESNO, California (CNS): Salvadorans expressed hope that a US federal judge's ruling against a retired Salvadoran military officer in the assassination of Archbishop Oscar Romero will promote reconciliation and justice in their homeland...

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Fourth world war unleashed

MILAN, Italy (CNS): Defining the Cold War as the "third world war", Italian Cardinal Renato Martino said terrorism appears to have unleashed the "fourth world war" in a way that touches almost everyone in every part of the globe...

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A spiritual adventure with sisters in E Timor

Two young adults are preparing to join the Canossian Sisters in teaching horticultural skills to the East Timorese for the next 12 months. Reporter PETER BUGDEN found out why they decided to embark on the mission :.

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Siege terror condemned

ROME (Zenit): Pope John Paul II has condemned the siege of the school in Beslan, southern Russia, which resulted in more than 300 deaths, calling it an attack of "pitiless aggression" against defenceless children and families...

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Fears of child euthanasia

VATICAN CITY (CNS): While the Catholic Church believes assisted suicide is murder, it is even more clearly the case when discussing patients under the age of 12 who, in no way, can be said to make an informed request for help in dying, a Vatican official said...

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Icon returned

MOSCOW (CNS): An icon held sacred by Pope John Paul II has been returned to Russia, the country of its origin, as a gesture of good will intended to help bridge the longstanding divide between the Roman Catholic and Russian Orthodox Churches...

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Report criticised

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Rwanda's Catholic bishops have criticised a government report that lays fresh blame on the Catholic Church for complicity in the nation's 1994 genocide...

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Call to promote family values

TAEJON, South Korea (CNS): A Vatican representative to a meeting of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences has urged participants to defend and promote traditional family values...

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